Provides assistance to agricultural producers, their lenders, and other persons directly affected by the actions of USDA resolved disputes. Through mediation, a trained, impartial person (mediator) helps participants review their conflicts, identify options, and agree on solutions.
The Texas mediation program is a USDA Certified State Mediation Program. Services are provided by Texas Rural Mediation Services (TRMS). For more information, you can click here
to visit their website or you can contact TRMS directly at:
Texas Rural Mediation
Lubbock County DRC
PO Box 10536
Lubbock, Texas 79408-3536
Phone: 806/775-1720 or 866/329-3522
For more information about mediation, click here
FSA makes direct
farm ownership (FO) and operating loans (OL) to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed and supplies. Our loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements. Additionally, FSA offers Youth Loans
to rural youth who want to establish and operate income-producing projects in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA or similar organizations.
The Conservation Loan (CL
) program provides farmers and ranchers access to credit to implement conservation practices on their land. Conservation practices reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and promote sustainable and organic agricultural practices.
Texas FSA Farm Loan Division manages a loan portfolio of more than $383.4 million in direct loans and $261.9 million in guaranteed loans through 39 offices statewide.
For more information on all FSA Farm Loan program options click here
. For an FSA Farm Ownership and Operating loan application package click here
. We also encourage you to contact your local office or USDA Service Center
to learn more about our programs.
The Common Management and Price Support Division (CMPSD) is responsible for administering commodity price support programs and common eligibility provisions.
Price Support programs include:
- Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) and Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) programs
- Cooperative Marketing Association Provisions
- Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Programs
- Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program
- Dairy Indemnity Program (DIP)
- Sugar Programs for Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
- Representative of CCC for cotton and UGRSA Warehouse issues
CMPSD also assists in the administration of payment eligibility and payment limitations for all commodity programs subject to payment limitation regulations including compliance with Adjusted Gross Income or AGI. For participants who have been requested to provide information for their AGI compliance, below are sample certifications for use by your CPA or Attorney if necessary:
The division also monitors compliance of the Agriculture Foreign Investor Disclosure Act as it applies to Texas farming operations.
For more information on foreign investment disclosure requirements, click here
The Commodity Compliance Division in the Texas State Office supports the county offices in administering the following commodity programs:
- Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment (DCP) Program
- Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program.
The Commodity Compliance Division also assists in the implementation of the following FSA disaster assistance programs:
- Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
- Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE)
For more information on disaster assistance programs authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, click here
The Commodity Compliance Division uses Geographic Information System (GIS) programs for compliance purposes.
The Conservation Division in the Texas State Office supports the Texas FSA county offices in administering conservation programs including:
- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
- Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
- Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)
For more information on these and other conservation programs, click here
The Conservation Division also assists in administering conservation disaster assistance programs including:
- Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).
- Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)
For more information on our FSA Disaster Assistance Programs, visit Disaster Assistance
GIS is an automated system used to manage and analyze geographic information. FSA employees use GIS to more efficiently identify and measure land features by allowing computer-generated maps to interact with databases that store information about the land. Various forms of GIS technology, including remote imagery, are used in administering FSA farm commodity, conservation, and loan programs. GIS provides accuracy in FSA emergency preparedness and compliance efforts.
For more information of Geographic Information Systems, click here